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Safe Food Handling

The food supply in the United States is among the safest in the world. However, when certain disease-causing bacteria or pathogens contaminate food, they can cause foodborne illness, often called “food poisoning.”

FDA provides educational resources related to food safety, including how you can safely buy, store, prepare and serve food.

Follow these four key steps to food safety
This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals the ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.

Food Safety and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

FDA has resources available to industry members and consumers on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and food safety.

COVID-19 Resources

Navigate the Food Section

Labeling & Nutrition

Nutrition Facts Label, Label Claims, Menu & Vending Machine Labeling, Gluten-Free Labeling

Food Defense

Protecting the Food Supply, Intentional Adulteration, Food Defense Plan Builder

Dietary Supplements

Products & Ingredients, New Dietary Ingredients Notification Process, Structure/Function Claim Notifications

Science & Research

Laboratory Methods, Whole Genome Sequencing, Risk Analysis, Total Diet Study, Consumer Research

Compliance & Enforcement

Reportable Food Registry, Warning Letters, Inspections, Compliance Programs, Adverse Event Reporting

The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Outreach and Information Center
5001 Campus Drive, HFS-009
College Park, MD 20740-3835

1-888-SAFEFOOD (1-888-723-3366)
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM EST
Closed Thursdays 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM EST

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